Careers Guidance

Careers Guidance

Aims of the Careers Programme

Aylesford School is committed to providing high quality Career Education, Information, Advice and Guidance (CEIAG) to all students.  We believe that CEIAG is important for a number of reasons. The effects of CEIAG are that it:

• Empowers and prepares young people to gain and sustain enriching employment.
• Raises student aspirations to reach for their full potential which in turn improves school attainment.
• Supports young people in developing the necessary confidence, knowledge and skills to plan for and manage their own future.
• Promotes diversity, social mobility and challenges stereotypes.

Aylesford School is proud to partner with colleges, HE providers, businesses, parents and other external agencies in order to offer broad and effective support to our students. Our CEIAG provision aims to:

• Give students relevant careers information and guidance through curriculum learning, one-to-one advice and a range of activities, events and trips.
• Display the full range of routes available to young people post-16 and post-18 and to provide personal guidance regarding which to explore further.
• Impartially support students on an individual basis to choose the pathway that is right for them.
• Expose students to the world of work through Year 10 and 12 work experience placements as well as curriculum related workplace visits.
• Enable students to consider their own strengths, skills and motivations and to evaluate how these impact future career decisions.


CEIAG Staffing


At Aylesford School we are proud to provide a full time Careers Leader, Mr Doggett, who oversees our Careers Provision. Mr Doggett is soon to hold a Level 6 qualification in Career Guidance and Development and is a member of the Careers Development Institute.

Every Monday lunchtime Mr Doggett hosts a Careers drop in in his office next to the LRC and this is available to all students. Alternatively formal appointments can be set up by emailing or phoning Mr Doggett on the contact details below.

Email: ben.doggett@aylesford.kent.sch.uk
Phone: 01622 717341 ext 238


Careers Provision


Aylesford School’s CEIAG provision is designed to support students through the different stages of their journey through school. Relevant and targeted guidance is given at each key transition stage to ensure students’ develop the necessary understanding and skills. This provision is reviewed and developed annually and will next be evaluated in July 2020. A more comprehensive overview can be seen here:

Aylesford School Careers Plan 2019-20
Aylesford School Careers Plan - Gatsby Benchmarks 2019-2020

Aylesford School’s CEIAG provision is designed to support students through the different stages of their journey through school. Relevant and targeted guidance is given at each key transition stage to ensure students’ develop the necessary understanding and skills.

Key Stage 3 Provision
In Years 7 and 8 the focus is on exploring interests and motivations and developing a broad understanding of the world of work. This includes:
• Year 7 Work shadowing day
• Year 8 Work shadowing day
• Online programmes to explore the world of work
• A range of assembly business presentations to broaden understanding

Key Stage 4 Provision
In Year 9 the focus is on building aspirations and exploring career opportunities in more detail, including challenging stereotypes. In Year 10 the focus is on developing self-presentation skills and understanding what employers want. In Year 11 the focus is on making plans and applications for post-16 learning. This includes:
• Year 9 Work shadowing day
• Year 10 week long work experience placement
• Year 11 assistance with Post 16 applications
• Individual Post 16 interviews for Year 11 students
• Information about Post 16 options inc. Sixth Form, college and apprenticeships
• An Open Evening for the students to discuss Post 16 options with the school

Key Stage 5 Provision
In Years 12 and 13 the focus is on preparing the students to make good choices, engage in work experience, and understand personal development. This includes:
• Support completing applications for university, apprenticeships and employment
• One week work experience placement
• Individual career plan interviews for Year 13 students
• Trip to UCAS exhibition fair and National apprenticeship fair
• Sign posting to university open days


Careers and Provider Access Policy


We welcome any businesses, education institutes or training providers who would like to present to our students. Please contact Mr Doggett if you wish to discuss this further. For more information please read our careers and provider access policy:

CEIAG Policy


Useful Links


You can stay up to date with the latest news on our careers provision by following us on Twitter:
www.twitter.com/Aylesford_CEIAG

Unsure about what careers to consider in the future? Have a look at this comprehensive tool for discovering what kind of jobs you may be suited to:
www.nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk/skills-health-check/home

The National Careers Service also offer a helpline and web chat in case you’d like to speak with someone about your career questions:
www.nationalcareers.service.gov.uk/contact-us

Check out this fun quiz to discover what careers your personality type might be most suited to:
www.icould.com/buzz-quiz

As a school we utilise the wide range of resources on Start Profile. This involves entering your interests, work preferences, skills and qualities to receive tailored career suggestions as well as a variety of other useful features. Please contact Mr Doggett for the school’s unique code:
www.startprofile.com

For those interested in studying further at university, the UCAS website contains a wealth of information around how to choose specific courses and universities as well as tips for making your application:
www.ucas.com

If you are considering an apprenticeship then check out the governments handy guide and search tool:
www.gov.uk/apprenticeships-guide
www.findapprenticeship.service.gov.uk/apprenticeshipsearch

If you want to explore some of the alternative options to university, have a look at this useful site:
www.notgoingtouni.co.uk 

If there are other helpful sites that you are looking for then email Mr Doggett, our Careers Leader, for some tips! ben.doggett@aylesford.kent.sch.uk